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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616058/getting-fat-or-getting-help-how-female-mammals-cope-with-energetic-constraints-on-reproduction
#1
Sandra A Heldstab, Carel P van Schaik, Karin Isler
BACKGROUND: Fat deposits enable a female mammal to bear the energy costs of offspring production and thus greatly influence her reproductive success. However, increasing locomotor costs and reduced agility counterbalance the fitness benefits of storing body fat. In species where costs of reproduction are distributed over other individuals such as fathers or non-breeding group members, reproductive females might therefore benefit from storing less energy in the form of body fat. RESULTS: Using a phylogenetic comparative approach on a sample of 87 mammalian species, and controlling for possible confounding variables, we found that reproductive females of species with allomaternal care exhibit reduced annual variation in body mass (estimated as CV body mass), which is a good proxy for the tendency to store body fat...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559918/geographical-and-temporal-variation-in-environmental-conditions-affects-nestling-growth-but-not-immune-function-in-a-year-round-breeding-equatorial-lark
#2
Henry K Ndithia, Samuel N Bakari, Kevin D Matson, Muchane Muchai, B Irene Tieleman
BACKGROUND: Variation in growth and immune function within and among populations is often associated with specific environmental conditions. We compared growth and immune function in nestlings of year-round breeding equatorial Red-capped Lark Calandrella cinerea from South Kinangop, North Kinangop and Kedong (Kenya), three locations that are geographically close but climatically distinct. In addition, we studied growth and immune function of lark nestlings as a function of year-round variation in breeding intensity and rain within one location...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559917/development-of-the-nervous-system-in-platynereis-dumerilii-nereididae-annelida
#3
Viktor V Starunov, Elena E Voronezhskaya, Leonid P Nezlin
BACKGROUND: The structure and development of the nervous system in Lophotrochozoa has long been recognized as one of the most important subjects for phylogenetic and evolutionary discussion. Many recent papers have presented comprehensive data on the structure and development of catecholaminergic, serotonergic and FMRFamidergic parts of the nervous system. However, relatively few papers contain detailed descriptions of the nervous system in Annelida, one of the largest taxa of Lophotrochozoa...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533810/tc003132-is-essential-for-the-follicle-stem-cell-lineage-in-telotrophic-tribolium-oogenesis
#4
Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis, Michael Schoppmeier
BACKGROUND: Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem cell biology and organ evolution, we use the telotrophic ovary of the beetle Tribolium. To this end, we participated in a large-scale RNAi screen in the red flour beetle Tribolium, which identified functions in embryonic and postembryonic development for more than half of the Tribolium genes...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503187/worker-reproduction-of-the-invasive-yellow-crazy-ant-anoplolepis-gracilipes
#5
Ching-Chen Lee, Hirotaka Nakao, Shu-Ping Tseng, Hung-Wei Hsu, Gwo-Li Lin, Jia-Wei Tay, Johan Billen, Fuminori Ito, Chow-Yang Lee, Chung-Chi Lin, Chin-Cheng Scotty Yang
BACKGROUND: Reproductive division of labor is one of the key features of social insects. Queens are adapted for reproduction while workers are adapted for foraging and colony maintenance. In many species, however, workers retain functional ovaries and can lay unfertilized male eggs or trophic eggs. Here we report for the first time on the occurrence of physogastric workers and apparent worker reproduction in the invasive yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes (Fr. Smith). We further examined the reproductive potential and nutritional role of physogastric workers through multidisciplinary approaches including morphological characterization, laboratory manipulation, genetic analysis and behavioral observation...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491118/the-head-morphology-of-pyrrhosoma-nymphula-larvae-odonata-zygoptera-focusing-on-functional-aspects-of-the-mouthparts
#6
Sebastian Büsse, Thomas Hörnschemeyer, Stanislav N Gorb
BACKGROUND: The understanding of concerted movements and its underlying biomechanics is often complex and elusive. Functional principles and hypothetical functions of these complex movements can provide a solid basis for biomechanical experiments and modelling. Here a description of the cephalic anatomy of Pyrrhosoma nymphula (Zygoptera, Coenagrionidae) focusing on functional aspects of the mouthparts using micro computed tomography (μCT) is presented. RESULTS: We compared six different instars of the damselfly P...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428805/edible-dormice-glis-glis-avoid-areas-with-a-high-density-of-their-preferred-food-plant-the-european-beech
#7
Jessica S Cornils, Franz Hoelzl, Birgit Rotter, Claudia Bieber, Thomas Ruf
BACKGROUND: Numerous species, especially among rodents, are strongly affected by the availability of pulsed resources. The intermittent production of large seed crops in northern hemisphere tree species (e.g., beech Fagus spec.,oak Quercus spec., pine trees Pinus spec.) are prime examples of these resource pulses. Adult edible dormice are highly dependent on high energy seeds to maximize their reproductive output. For juvenile dormice the energy rich food is important to grow and fatten in a very short time period prior to hibernation...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428804/morphogenesis-of-honeybee-hypopharyngeal-gland-during-pupal-development
#8
Sascha Peter Klose, Daniel Rolke, Otto Baumann
BACKGROUND: The hypopharyngeal gland of worker bees contributes to the production of the royal jelly fed to queens and larvae. The gland consists of thousands of two-cell units that are composed of a secretory cell and a duct cell and that are arranged in sets of about 12 around a long collecting duct. RESULTS: By fluorescent staining, we have examined the morphogenesis of the hypopharyngeal gland during pupal life, from a saccule lined by a pseudostratified epithelium to the elaborate organ of adult worker bees...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416963/mitochondrial-acclimation-potential-to-ocean-acidification-and-warming-of-polar-cod-boreogadus-saida-and-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua
#9
Elettra Leo, Kristina L Kunz, Matthias Schmidt, Daniela Storch, Hans-O Pörtner, Felix C Mark
BACKGROUND: Ocean acidification and warming are happening fast in the Arctic but little is known about the effects of ocean acidification and warming on the physiological performance and survival of Arctic fish. RESULTS: In this study we investigated the metabolic background of performance through analyses of cardiac mitochondrial function in response to control and elevated water temperatures and PCO2 of two gadoid fish species, Polar cod (Boreogadus saida), an endemic Arctic species, and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which is a temperate to cold eurytherm and currently expanding into Arctic waters in the wake of ocean warming...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413431/asian-house-rats-may-facilitate-their-invasive-success-through-suppressing-brown-rats-in-chronic-interaction
#10
Hong-Ling Guo, Hua-Jing Teng, Jin-Hua Zhang, Jian-Xu Zhang, Yao-Hua Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Asian house rat (Rattus tanezumi) and the brown rat (Rattus norvegicus) are closely related species and are partially sympatric in southern China. Over the past 20 years, R. tanezumi has significantly expanded northward in China and partially replaced the native brown rat subspecies, R. n. humiliatus. Although invasive species are often more aggressive than native species, we did not observe interspecific physical aggression between R. tanezumi and R. n. humiliatus. Here, we focused on whether or not R...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344631/a-behavioural-syndrome-but-less-evidence-for-a-relationship-with-cognitive-traits-in-a-spatial-orientation-context
#11
Andrea C Schuster, Uwe Zimmermann, Carina Hauer, Katharina Foerster
BACKGROUND: Animals show consistent individual behavioural differences in many species. Further, behavioural traits (personality traits) form behavioural syndromes, characterised by correlations between different behaviours. Mechanisms maintaining these correlations could be constrained due to underlying relationships with cognitive traits. There is growing evidence for the non-independence of animal personality and general cognitive abilities in animals, but so far, studies on the direction of the relationship between them revealed contradictory results...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344630/flexible-reaction-norms-to-environmental-variables-along-the-migration-route-and-the-significance-of-stopover-duration-for-total-speed-of-migration-in-a-songbird-migrant
#12
Heiko Schmaljohann, Simeon Lisovski, Franz Bairlein
BACKGROUND: Predicting the consequences of continuing anthropogenic changes in the environment for migratory behaviours such as phenology remains a major challenge. Predictions remain particularly difficult, because our knowledge is based on studies from single-snapshot observations at specific stopover sites along birds' migration routes. However, a general understanding on how birds react to prevailing environmental conditions, e.g. their 'phenotypic reaction norm', throughout the annual cycle and along their entire migration routes is required to fully understand how migratory birds respond to rapid environmental change...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331531/an-integrative-systematic-framework-helps-to-reconstruct-skeletal-evolution-of-glass-sponges-porifera-hexactinellida
#13
Martin Dohrmann, Christopher Kelley, Michelle Kelly, Andrzej Pisera, John N A Hooper, Henry M Reiswig
BACKGROUND: Glass sponges (Class Hexactinellida) are important components of deep-sea ecosystems and are of interest from geological and materials science perspectives. The reconstruction of their phylogeny with molecular data has only recently begun and shows a better agreement with morphology-based systematics than is typical for other sponge groups, likely because of a greater number of informative morphological characters. However, inconsistencies remain that have far-reaching implications for hypotheses about the evolution of their major skeletal construction types (body plans)...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270855/sequential-social-experiences-interact-to-modulate-aggression-but-not-brain-gene-expression-in-the-honey-bee-apis-mellifera
#14
Clare C Rittschof
BACKGROUND: In highly structured societies, individuals behave flexibly and cooperatively in order to achieve a particular group-level outcome. However, even in social species, environmental inputs can have long lasting effects on individual behavior, and variable experiences can even result in consistent individual differences and constrained behavioral flexibility. Despite the fact that such constraints on behavior could have implications for behavioral optimization at the social group level, few studies have explored how social experiences accumulate over time, and the mechanistic basis of these effects...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265294/the-bare-head-of-the-northern-bald-ibis-geronticus-eremita-fulfills-a-thermoregulatory-function
#15
REVIEW
Ismael Galván, Daniel Palacios, Juan José Negro
BACKGROUND: Dark pigments provide animals with several adaptive benefits such as protection against ultraviolet (UV) radiation and mechanical abrasion, but may also impose several constraints like a high absorbance of solar radiation. Endotherms, with relatively constant and high body temperatures, may be especially prone to thermoregulatory limitations if dark coloured and inhabiting hot environments. It is therefore expected that adaptations have specifically evolved because of these limitations...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261313/optic-nerve-transmitted-eyeshine-a-new-type-of-light-emission-from-fish-eyes
#16
Roland Fritsch, Jeremy F P Ullmann, Pierre-Paul Bitton, Shaun P Collin, Nico K Michiels
BACKGROUND: Most animal eyes feature an opaque pigmented eyecup to assure that light can enter from one direction only. We challenge this dogma by describing a previously unknown form of eyeshine resulting from light that enters the eye through the top of the head and optic nerve, eventually emanating through the pupil as a narrow beam: the Optic-Nerve-Transmitted (ONT) eyeshine. We characterize ONT eyeshine in the triplefin blenny Tripterygion delaisi (Tripterygiidae) in comparison to three other teleost species, using behavioural and anatomical observations, spectrophotometry, histology, and magnetic resonance imaging...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250800/vocal-exchanges-during-pair-formation-and-maintenance-in-the-zebra-finch-taeniopygia-guttata
#17
Pietro Bruno D'Amelio, Lisa Trost, Andries Ter Maat
BACKGROUND: Pair compatibility affects the success of a pair; however, its causes and mechanisms are not fully understood. Vocal exchange may be very important for pair formation, coordinating pair activities, maintaining the pair bond and mate guarding. To investigate the role of vocal exchange in pair formation and pair maintenance, we explored whether new and established pairs of zebra finches differed in their calling relationships. We used individualised backpack microphones to examine the entire daily vocal emission of pairs, with parallel video recording of behaviour...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250799/inhibition-of-cell-proliferation-does-not-slow-down-echinoderm-neural-regeneration
#18
Vladimir S Mashanov, Olga R Zueva, José E García-Arrarás
BACKGROUND: Regeneration of the damaged central nervous system is one of the most interesting post-embryonic developmental phenomena. Two distinct cellular events have been implicated in supplying regenerative neurogenesis with cellular material - generation of new cells through cell proliferation and recruitment of already existing cells through cell migration. The relative contribution and importance of these two mechanisms is often unknown. METHODS: Here, we use the regenerating radial nerve cord (RNC) of the echinoderm Holothuria glaberrima as a model of extensive post-traumatic neurogenesis in the deuterostome central nervous system...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250798/reproductiveaxis-gene-regulation-during-photostimulation-and-photorefractoriness-in-yangzhou-goose-ganders
#19
Huanxi Zhu, Zhe Chen, Xibin Shao, Jianning Yu, Chuankun Wei, Zichun Dai, Zhendan Shi
BACKGROUND: The Yangzhou goose is a long-day breeding bird that has been increasingly produced in China. Artificial lighting programs are used for controlling its reproductive activities. This study investigated the regulations of photostimulation and photorefractoriness that govern the onset and cessation of the breeding period. RESULTS: Increasing the daily photoperiod from 8 to 12 h rapidly stimulated testis development and increased plasma testosterone concentrations, with peak levels being reached 2 months after the photoperiod increase...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239401/group-or-ungroup-moose-behavioural-response-to-recolonization-of-wolves
#20
Johan Månsson, Marie-Caroline Prima, Kerry L Nicholson, Camilla Wikenros, Håkan Sand
BACKGROUND: Predation risk is a primary motivator for prey to congregate in larger groups. A large group can be beneficial to detect predators, share predation risk among individuals and cause confusion for an attacking predator. However, forming large groups also has disadvantages like higher detection and attack rates of predators or interspecific competition. With the current recolonization of wolves (Canis lupus) in Scandinavia, we studied whether moose (Alces alces) respond by changing grouping behaviour as an anti-predatory strategy and that this change should be related to the duration of wolf presence within the local moose population...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
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